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Information Technology

Birkbeck, University of London

  • October, 2020 Start Date

  • 3 years Duration

  • Part Time Study Mode

  • £14725.00 Course Fee

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Course Description

This Foundation Degree has a common first year for all three pathways covering programming, web development, database development, mathematics, information systems and teamwork skills. In subsequent years, the Computing pathway covers computer networking, programming and algorithms; the Information Technology pathway covers PHP web programming and e-business; and the Web Development pathway covers web development using current web standards and open source technologies.

Programming and mark-up languages include: HTML, XML, CSS, Python, Java, JavaScript, jQuery, PHP.

You will benefit from Birkbeck's unique, flexible study. Students are drawn from the most culturally diverse city in the UK and have a wide range of cultural, social and economic backgrounds.

This Foundation Degree has a common first year for all three pathways covering programming, web development, database development, mathematics, information systems and teamwork skills. In subsequent years, the Computing pathway covers computer networking, programming and algorithms; the Information Technology pathway covers PHP web programming and e-business; and the Web Development pathway...

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Course Content

You choose a pathway from Computing, Information Technology or Web Development.

In Year 1, you take four common, compulsory modules.

In Year 2, you take six compulsory modules.

In Year 3, you take an additional two compulsory modules and two option modules, and complete a work-related project.

COMPULSORY MODULES

  • Fundamentals of Information Technology
  • Introduction to Database Technology
  • Introduction to Programming
  • Introduction to Web Authoring
  • Mathematics for Computing
  • Problem-Solving for Programming
  • Software and Programming I
  • Systems Analysis and Design I
  • Systems Analysis and Design II
  • Working in Teams

COMPUTING PATHWAY

  • Computer Networking
  • Data Structures and Algorithms

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY PATHWAY

  • E-business
  • Web Programming using PHP

WEB DEVELOPMENT PATHWAY

  • Advanced Web Authoring
  • JavaScript

PROJECT

  • Work-related Project

OPTION MODULES

  • Advanced Web Authoring
  • Building Web Applications using MySQL and PHP
  • E-business
  • JavaScript
  • Mobile Application Development
  • Web Data with XML, JSON and AJAX
  • Web Programming using PHP

You choose a pathway from Computing, Information Technology or Web Development. In Year 1, you take four common, compulsory modules. In Year 2, you take six compulsory modules. In Year 3, you take an additional two compulsory modules and two option modules, and complete a work-related project. COMPULSORY...

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Birkbeck, University of London

Part Time, 3 years

October, 2020

£14725.00

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Entry Requirements

We welcome applicants without traditional entry qualifications as we base decisions on our own assessment of qualifications, knowledge and previous work experience. We may waive formal entry requirements based on judgement of academic potential.

Applicants may be required to pass tests in mathematics and English.

INTERNATIONAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

If you don’t meet the minimum IELTS requirement, we offer pre-sessional English courses, foundation programmes and language support services to help you improve your English language skills and get your place at Birkbeck.

Visit the International section of our website to find out more about ourEnglish language entry requirements and relevant requirements by country.

VISA REQUIREMENTS

If you are not from the European Economic Area (EEA) and/or Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa.

The visa you apply for varies according to the length of your course:

  • Courses of more than six months' duration.
  • Courses of less than six months' duration.
  • Pre-sessional English language courses.

International students who require a Tier 4 visa should apply for our full-time courses (with the exception of modular enrolment certificates of higher education and graduate certificates), as these qualify for Tier 4 sponsorship. If you are living in the UK on a Tier 4 visa, you will not be eligible to enrol as a student on Birkbeck's part-time courses (with the exception of some modules).

We welcome applicants without traditional entry qualifications as we base decisions on our own assessment of qualifications, knowledge and previous work experience. We may waive formal entry requirements based on judgement of academic potential. Applicants may be required to pass tests in mathematics and English. INTERNATIONAL ENTRY...

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Assessment Methods

Assessment is an integral part of your university studies and usually consists of a combination of coursework and examinations, although this will vary from course to course - on some of our courses, assessment is entirely by coursework. The methods of assessment on this course are specified below under 'Methods of assessment on this course'. You will need to allow time to complete coursework and prepare for exams.

Where a course has unseen written examinations, these may be held termly, but, on the majority of our courses, exams are usually taken in the Summer term, during May to June. Exams may be held at other times of the year as well. In most cases, exams are held during the day on a weekday - if you have daytime commitments, you will need to make arrangements for daytime attendance - but some exams are held in the evening. Exam timetables are published online.

Assessment is an integral part of your university studies and usually consists of a combination of coursework and examinations, although this will vary from course to course - on some of our courses, assessment is entirely by coursework. The methods of assessment on this course are specified below under 'Methods of assessment on this course'. You will need to allow time to complete...

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Student Satisfaction

Source: NSS

Overall student satisfaction
COMPUTER SCIENCE
50%
of students were satisfied overall
OTHERS IN COMPUTING
50%
of students were satisfied overall
The teaching on my course
COMPUTER SCIENCE
71% of students strongly agree that staff are good explaining things
57% of students strongly agree that staff have made the subject interesting
71% of students strongly agree that the course is intellectually stimulating
71% of students strongly agree that the course has challenged them to achieve their best work
OTHERS IN COMPUTING
71% of students strongly agree that staff are good explaining things
57% of students strongly agree that staff have made the subject interesting
71% of students strongly agree that the course is intellectually stimulating
71% of students strongly agree that the course has challenged them to achieve their best work
Learning opportunities
COMPUTER SCIENCE
77% of students strongly agree that the course has provided them with opportunities to explore ideas or concepts in depth
86% of students strongly agree that the course has provided them with opportunities to bring information and ideas together from different topics
71% of students strongly agree that the course has provided them with opportunities to apply what they have learnt
OTHERS IN COMPUTING
77% of students strongly agree that the course has provided them with opportunities to explore ideas or concepts in depth
86% of students strongly agree that the course has provided them with opportunities to bring information and ideas together from different topics
71% of students strongly agree that the course has provided them with opportunities to apply what they have learnt
Assessment and feedback
COMPUTER SCIENCE
79% of students strongly agree that the criteria used in marking have been clear in advance
71% of students strongly agree that the marking and assessment has been fair
57% of students strongly agree that the teedback on their work has been timely
57% of students strongly agree that they have received helpful comments on my work
OTHERS IN COMPUTING
79% of students strongly agree that the criteria used in marking have been clear in advance
71% of students strongly agree that the marking and assessment has been fair
57% of students strongly agree that the teedback on their work has been timely
57% of students strongly agree that they have received helpful comments on my work
Academic support
COMPUTER SCIENCE
86% of students strongly agree that they have been able to contact staff when they needed to
71% of students strongly agree that they have received sufficient advice and guidance in relation to their course
77% of students strongly agree that good advice was available when they needed to make study choices on their course
OTHERS IN COMPUTING
86% of students strongly agree that they have been able to contact staff when they needed to
71% of students strongly agree that they have received sufficient advice and guidance in relation to their course
77% of students strongly agree that good advice was available when they needed to make study choices on their course
Organisation and management
COMPUTER SCIENCE
43% of students strongly agree that the course is well organised and running smoothly
64% of students strongly agree that the timetable works efficiently for them
86% of students strongly agree that any changes in the course or teaching have been communicated effectively
OTHERS IN COMPUTING
43% of students strongly agree that the course is well organised and running smoothly
64% of students strongly agree that the timetable works efficiently for them
86% of students strongly agree that any changes in the course or teaching have been communicated effectively
Learning resources
COMPUTER SCIENCE
86% of students strongly agree that the IT resources and facilities provided have supported their learning well
92% of students strongly agree that the library resources (e.g. books, online services and learning spaces) have supported their learning well
93% of students strongly agree that they have been able to 3ess course-specific resources (e.g. equipment, facilities, software, collections) when they needed to
OTHERS IN COMPUTING
86% of students strongly agree that the IT resources and facilities provided have supported their learning well
92% of students strongly agree that the library resources (e.g. books, online services and learning spaces) have supported their learning well
93% of students strongly agree that they have been able to 3ess course-specific resources (e.g. equipment, facilities, software, collections) when they needed to
Learning community
COMPUTER SCIENCE
50% of students strongly agree that they feel part of a community of staff and students
71% of students strongly agree that they have had the right opportunities to work with other students as part of their course
OTHERS IN COMPUTING
50% of students strongly agree that they feel part of a community of staff and students
71% of students strongly agree that they have had the right opportunities to work with other students as part of their course
Student voice
COMPUTER SCIENCE
86% of students strongly agree that they have had the right opportunities to provide feedback on their course
71% of students strongly agree that staff value students’ views and opinions about the course
71% of students strongly agree that it is clear how students’ feedback on the course has been acted on
55% of students strongly agree that the students’ union (association or guild) effectively represents students’ academic interests
OTHERS IN COMPUTING
86% of students strongly agree that they have had the right opportunities to provide feedback on their course
71% of students strongly agree that staff value students’ views and opinions about the course
71% of students strongly agree that it is clear how students’ feedback on the course has been acted on
55% of students strongly agree that the students’ union (association or guild) effectively represents students’ academic interests

University TEF Outcome

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Statistics for Computer Science

Source: hesa.ac.uk

  • UCAS Points0

  • Employment Rate95%

  • Average Graduate SalaryN/A

Statistics for Others In Computing

Source: hesa.ac.uk

  • UCAS Points0

  • Employment Rate95%

  • Average Graduate SalaryN/A

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